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Sophie Jin Wen Soon

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Singapore, SGP
Occupation
Athlete, Marketing
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - Nanyang Polytechnic: Singapore, SGP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight but stopped because she did not immediately enjoy the sport. A couple of years later she returned to the pool after receiving personal guidance from a coach. She began competing in the sport at age 15.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport to learn water safety. "What I like about swimming is that it feels like you're almost in a different world. And what I like about the pool that it's very structured."
Club / Team
ART Aquatics: Singapore
Name of coach
Roland Tan [club]; Mick Massey [national]

General interest

Nicknames
Soph (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Music, playing the violin, watching TV. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021; youthopia.sg, 12 Jan 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Making the final of the SB12 100m breaststroke at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Singaporean swimmer Ang Peng Siong, and coach Roland Tan. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021, 12 Sep 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She braids her hair and stays away from social media ahead of a race. She also does not talk when she is in the call room. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Strive for more than what you believe you can." (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Platinum Award for Special Achievement at Nanyang Polytechnic's Student Talent & Achievement Recognition [Star] Awards. (tnp.straitstimes.com, 04 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
Her younger brother Colin has competed in Para swimming at international level. (sdsc.org.sg, 29 Apr 2020; myactivesg.com, 06 May 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (pride.kindness.sg, 10 Sep 2021)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy at age five, which leads to the loss of central and colour vision. She relies mostly on her peripheral vision. (straitstimes.com, 02 Dec 2015)
Other information
TOKYO EXPERIENCE
She made her Paralympic debut at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, but in her first race - the S13 100m butterfly - her goggles fogged up and she was unable to see the wall at the end of the pool. She was eventually ranked 18th in the event. "Whenever we go for competitions, they always say expect the unexpected. You have a game plan, but things can always go wrong. I remember almost having a full-blown panic attack during the race. My heart rate was going up and I couldn't control my breathing because I was panicking about where the wall was." (pride.kindness.sg, 10 Sep 2021)